Indie Folk/Rock Songstress Sarah Burton and American Opera at Urban Artifact on June 14

Sarah Burton
Sarah Burton

Sarah Burton
Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, OH
9pm show

SARAH BURTON is getting ready for a very busy summer. In support of her new album Give Me What I Want, which was released on March 1, 2019, the indie folk/rock songstress is linking up with friend and fellow indie rocker American Opera for a co-headlining U.S. tour. The dates kick off June 12 in Nashville and include stops in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Chicago, Madison, Minneapolis, among many other cities. SARAH has also lined up several shows in her native country Canada, including a few festival appearances; a list of all confirmed dates is below.

“American Opera and I were on a bill together last year and we quickly bonded over our love of Jenny Lewis and long rides around the country,” SARAH shares. “The night ended with a 90s R&B sing-along in the parking lot so we figured we should try touring together. He puts on an amazing show and writes great songs. I’m excited to see what kind of collaborations stem from this tour!”

One bad breakup, two robberies, a few trips to the ER, and moving to the West Texas desert are just a few of the turns that led to the creation of Give Me What I Want. It’s a vignette of a new age wild west with songs about internet dating, crazy exes, getting older, and that feeling you get when everyone around you is in love and you’re not. In it, Sarah delivers an unapologetic demand with a finger in the air, howling with the underdogs who are sick of getting scraps. It’s a raw and real album that skirts Americana, folk, rock and country; the songs tell classic stories in a modern age from love and lust, to enchantment and disenchantment, and that constant search for fulfillment.

The album was recorded in Austin at Jim Eno’s (Spoon) Public Hi-Fi studio, produced by Elijah Ford (who also plays guitars on the record) and engineered by Brad Bell (Spoon, Arcade Fire, The War On Drugs). Tracks feature Chris Konte on bass, Jason Baczynski on drums and percussion, as well as special guests: Tim Regan on keys/synth, Sam Kossler on pedal steel, Leigh Wallenhaupt on strings, Canadian folk trio Sweet Alibi on backing vocals, and Dave Quanbury on guitar and engineering in Canada.

Check out the music video for the album’s first single, the synth-pop indie rock anthem “Smiling For The Camera,” here.

Here’s some of what’s been said about Give Me What I Want:

“‘Give Me What I Want’ has gentle melodic moments, and Burton is possessed of a voice that can soothe and embrace, but she is not averse to accelerating to rocker velocity to match tracks orchestrated with feedback and corrosive guitars…An authentic, inspired artist, Burton has clearly paid her proverbial dues.” – Dan Kimpel, Music Connection, May 2019

“…a voice that draws you in to her compelling narratives, conveying equal amounts of yearning, vulnerability, innocence, and hard-earned wisdom…compare her to the likes of Shawn Colvin, Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, and even rockers like Tom Petty.” – John Montagna, Culture Sonar, 3/1/19

“Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah Burton’s decision to travel from Toronto to Texas was the inspirational fuel she needed to craft the genre-blurring collection of stellar songs on her fifth studio effort Give Me What I Want, available now. Trying to pinpoint what so-called ‘category’ of music Burton’s sonic portraits fall under is as futile an attempt as trying to tame her yearning to live life untethered from conventional societal and creative norms. Not unlike most, Burton has had her share of good times and bad. But unlike most, she has the uncanny ability to shake off the chains that bind by sketching song lyrics that both amaze and inspire.” – Jim Villanueva, All Access Music, 3/1/19

“This album from Sarah Burton is fresh and relevant as she tackles many of the social issues of the day…it’s Sarah’s versatility that drives the music, as she moves seamlessly from Americana, folk, rock and country. The songs tell stories in a modern age language that interprets into a unique mix.” – Jan Sikes, Buddy Magazine, April 2019

“Folk-rock starlet Sarah Burton, whose aesthetic clicks and flicks between glitter-pop and earthy Americana, clinks her emotional currency together and watches as the discs bounce from her chest and down a chute of potential rediscovery in self-worth.” – Jason Scott, B-Sides & Badlands, 4/17/19


Fri 5/31­­­–Collingwood, Canada–Crow. Bar and Variety

Sat 6/1 –Hamilton, Canada–Clifford Brewing Company

Tue 6/4–Hamilton, Canada–Casbah

Wed 6/5–Toronto, Canada–The Painted Lady

Sun 6/9–Toronto, Canada–Wenona Craft Beer Lodge

Co-headlining tour w/ American Opera:

Wed 6/12–Nashville, TN–Radio Cafe

Thu 6/13–Indianapolis, IN–Indy Hostel

Fri 6/14–Cincinnati, OH–Urban Artifact

Sat 6/15–Bay City, MI–The Crowne Pub

Sun 6/16–Lansing, MI–The Robin Theatre

Mon 6/17–Chicago, IL–Uncommon Ground (Lakeview)

Tue 6/18–Appleton, WI–Stone Arch Brewpub

Wed 6/19–Racine, WI–McAuliffe’s Pub

Thu 6/20–Madison, WI–The Wisco

Fri 6/21–Superior, WI–Cedar Lounge

Sat 6/22–Silver Bay, MN–Rocky Wall

Sun 6/23–Minneapolis, MN–Acadia Pub

Wed 6/26–Burlington, IA–The Washington

Thu 6/27–Lincoln, NE–Zoo Bar

Fri 6/28–Lawrence, KS–Replay Lounge

Sun 6/30–Columbia, MO–Cooper’s Landing

Sat 7/6–Lajitas, TX–Thirsty Goat

Wed 7/10–Terlingua, TX–Starlight Theatre

Fri 8/2–Wells, Canada–Artswells Festival

Sat 8/3–Wells, Canada–Artswells Festival

Sun 8/4–Wells, Canada–Artswells Festival

Fri 8/16–Dunster, Canada–Robson Valley Music Festival

Sat 8/17–Dunster, Canada–Robson Valley Music Festival